If we use "twin lead / ladder line, do we still experience these losses?
If the answer is no, how do we get the ladder line into the shack?
Do any of the popular baluns handle this problem very well?
I don't want to melt my new TenTec OMNI IV.
I never really liked tuners, but since I switched to Solid State, I am
advised to run one, probably well advised too. I do not want all that
excess heat blowing around in the system.
73 Thanks, Paul WA9FFL
>>> Steve Ellington <email@example.com> 09/19/97
> It does not really "tune"the antenna
This statement needs a comment. An antenner tuner does in fact tune
antenna. Consider a typical dipole fed with open wire feeders (ladder
line). The tuner does in fact bring the entire antenna system, dipole
and feeder, into resonance which constitutes "tuning" the antenna.The
next job of the tuner is to match the resulting impedance of the tuned
system to the transmitter.
The reason for tuning your antenna system in the first place is to
eliminate reactance and provide a resistive load to the transmitter. For
example: Take a G5RV which is a 100ft dipole fed with some
of open line and coax. Without divine intervention, this mess isn't
resonant on any hamband except maybe 20 meters. The tuner will
the necessary values of inductance and capacitance to resonate the
entire system AND match it to the rig. TENTEC of course. I didn't want
to get off topic here!
Obviously, when we resonate the entire antenna system instead of just
the antenna, we must accept the additional losses in the feed line due
to standing waves which cause high current and voltage points along
line. This is the big drawback to the so-called G5RV because we do
substancial loss in that coax. I know that 3db doesn't sound like much
but when we run 1000 watts with our TITANS and loose 500 watts in
system something is going to get hot!
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